A '''Binary Large OBject''' ('''BLOB''') is a collection of binary data
stored as a single entity in a database management system
. Blobs are typically image
or other multimedia
objects, though sometimes binary executable code is stored as a blob. Database support for blobs is not universal.
Blobs were originally just big amorphous chunks of data invented by Jim Starkey
at Digital Equipment Corporation|DEC
, who describes them as "the thing that ate Cincinnati, Cleveland, or whatever" from "the 1958 Steve McQueen movie",
referring to ''The Blob
''. Later, Terry McKiever, a marketing person for Apollo Computer|Apollo
, felt that it needed to be an acronym and invented the backronym
''Basic Large Object''. Then Informix
invented an alternative backronym, ''Binary Large Object''.
"Blobbing" originally meant moving large amounts of data from one database to another without...